Joyce Luna Concert Happy Birthday
- April 21, 2017 6:00 pm
- April 21, 2017 9:00 pm
- Delectables Restaurant Catering
- (520) 884-9289
- Delectables Restaurant & Catering
- (520) 844-9289
- 533 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ, United States, 85705
Joyce Luna Concert Happy Birthday
Joyce Luna Concert Happy Birthday! Joyce blends expressive soulful singing with poetic songwriting, a romantic streak, a persistent belief that music can change the world, and a large dollop of whimsy. Based in Tucson AZ, she toured the US as part of a singer/songwriter duo. They sold 10,000 copies of their 2 independently released cds and promptly broke up. After an extended hiatus, Joyce has been wowing the Tucson scene. 2016 will mark her 3rd appearance at the Tucson Folk Festival.
At age 3, Joyce began her performing career singing her mother’s composition “Pledge for Peace.” She sang it as “Pledge for Peas.” Inspired by that early interpretive success, Joyce went on to be the primary songwriter as well as a vocalist/guitarist/dulcimerist in the duo “Justina & Joyce” for a decade. This popular duo independently released 2 albums that sold over 10,000 copies.
A mutual decision to part ways started Joyce’s journey as a solo performer. While preparing to record her first solo album, the plot takes an unexpected turn. A few months into the launch of her solo career, and just before going into the recording studio, unforeseen back surgeries forced her to take an extended sabbatical from touring and performing. She then took a side trip to graduate school, earning a degree in psychotherapy and specializing in crisis counseling and mediation.
Joyce was born the youngest of 5 children in Bronx, NY. Her musical gifts are genetic: Her mother Raquel, born in Casablanca, Morocco (really) of French and Spanish Jewish parents, was a singer…but “good girls” didn’t go on the stage in those days in that culture, so she became a nurse instead. It took marrying Joyce’s American father Rudy and coming to the U.S. in the 60’s for her mother to find the freedom to express herself. Rudy, born in Pennsylvania to Polish Catholic immigrants, left home at age 14 to escape following his father into the coal mines; instead, he became a boxer whose claim to fame was knocking out Frank Sinatra in a boxing match (really), then he became a welder who worked on many Manhattan skyscrapers. While working on Naval ships in Spain for a time, Rudy was injured. Raquel was his hospital nurse. Their eyes met across a crowded room, they married 6 weeks later, and they proceeded to have 4 kids in 5 years.They did not speak a common language for all that time and got along beautifully. Then they came back to the States, Raquel learned English, and things went a bit downhill from there….
Taking up the family torch (musical, not welding), Joyce blends expressive and soulful singing with poetic sophisticated songwriting, a romantic streak, a persistent belief that music can change the world, and a large dollop of unexpected whimsy. Her foray into behavioral health is not going to waste: her experience as a mental health counselor is proving helpful in dealing with the craziness of the music business.
Reviews of Joyce Luna and of her former duo Justina and Joyce’s 2 cds, “So Strong” & “Rhythms, Rhymes & Tides”:
“The complexity and polish will stand you still and stop you breathing just in order to get a better listen. I found it spellbinding, which I proved by driving through a stop sign (luckily without incident) while listening in my car! Joyce’s lyrics are surface lovely, poetic, yet are generally conveying volumes of underlying story as well…”—Shirley Cottle, Folk_Music
“Using guitar, dulcimer, & remarkable melodies, Joyce creates gentle, stirring & sometimes haunting acoustic folk music…Extraordinary.”—Gene Armstrong, Arizona Daily Star
“…Just about the closest thing to musical nirvana you’re going to encounter in this or any other life, unless you’ve been very, very, good indeed & have a major deity owing you a big favor.”—The Metroland
“Lovely words, sung as if directly from some exceptionally magnificent angelic choir. A magnanimous treat for us mere mortals!!! Highly recommended & NOT TO BE MISSED!”—Stavros Moschopoulos, United Nations FAO CASA Gazette, Rome Italy
“An amazing release… Do yourselves (& your listeners) a favor—this one is a keeper!”—Steve Jerrett, KOPN Radio, Columbia MO
“Once in a blue moon I hear something that stops me dead & leaves me staring dumbly at the speakers like a dog at a whistle. So Strong is a special record. You will not regret owning this.”—Paul Rapp, The Metroland
“This stuff is amazing. [Rhythms, Rhymes and Tides is] very different yet perfect for airplay. I had to catch my breath!”
—Woody Harris, WWGC Radio, Carrollton GA
“[Joyce] possesses exactly what the throngs of angst-mad modern folk singers only crave: originality, wit & style.” —Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen
“A recording filled with gorgeous vocal arrangements, gifted songwriting, & outstanding accompanying players… Listeners who find their way to [Rhythms, Rhymes and Tides] will play it over &over again.— Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“It’s not just the romantic music… it’s also the sense that [Joyce] still believes when lots of folks have just given up on love, dedication, & equal rights.”—Taylor Caffery, WRKF Radio, Baton Rouge LA
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